Andalusia leads the European project ICT-BIOCHAIN devoted to biomass supply chains digitization

13/09/2018

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The regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Government) and Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) participate, along with 6 other partners, in the European project ICT-BIOCHAIN to boost the digitization of biomass supply chains. The project is funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) in the framework of Horizon 2020. 

Biomass is a renewable biological resource that can be used as a source of chemical, biochemical and bioenergy compounds to replace those based on petroleum and its derivatives, thus supporting the development of the Biobased Economy. 

IThe ITC-BIOCHAIN project is directly linked to the commitment of the Andalusian Government for an issue that has its ultimate expression in the Andalusian Circular Bioeconomy Strategy 2030, which has closed recently its  public information phase. This regional strategy becomes tool  to address major worldwide challenges also at local/regional level, such as feeding a growing population, guaranteeing the supply and fair distribution of food or mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Covering until 2030 and having a budget of 1,478 million euros, the Andalusian Bioeconomy Strategy proposes a total of 39 actions, among which are the implementation of a Bioeconomy cluster,the creation of an interdepartmental commission for the promotion and monitoring of measures and actions and the creation of a Bioeconomy observatory. Other important actions included arethe development of a methodology to quantify and qualify the biomass resources, the creation of a label to identify the products and processes of the Bioeconomy or the creation of a specific website. 

ICT-BIOCHAIN will build networks with other key regions for the development of the European Biobased Economy, providing a roadmap and training workshops that will promote the implementation of more digital innovation hubs for the bio-based sector in Europe. 

The partners of the project are:  

  • Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Government) – Spain 
  • Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA - Spain)
  • Irish Bioeconomy Foundation CLG – Ireland
  • Institute of Technology Tralee – Ireland 
  • Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy – Finland 
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft – Germany 
  • Sustainable Innovations Europe SL – Spain 
  • University of Strathclyde - United Kingdom 

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